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  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    2020-2035
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The Story

The property is located 10km north of Pauillac in the Haut-Medoc and has since grown to 85 hectares. With overall plantings of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc and an average vine age of over 30 years, Sociando-Mallet has gained a reputation as one of the finest Haut-Medoc wines outside of the 1855 Bordeaux classification. 100% hand-harvested, the grapes are fermented using natural yeasts and, post-fermentation, are aged for over 12 months in all new French oak barrels.

With vines growing on gravel slopes lying over a clay sub-soil, Sociando-Mallet is characterised by great freshness, persistence and structure.

Grape Variety: 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot And 5% Cabernet France

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Vintage 2020

In Bordeaux, the heat resulted in early flowering. Also, this led to an early harvest after a very hot summer. As a starting point, there is great maturity in the grapes, and one can expect a more opulent vintage than in the last few years.

The summer this year has been the warmest since 1959, yet the rain has fallen at the right times during the growing season. The harvest took place two weeks before the norm and will yield grapes with high potential alcohol and the lowest acidity since the 2003 vintage. As they say in Bordeaux: "It has been a good and extreme growing season which hopefully also produces great wines".

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Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Classical nose with wonderful ripe yet fresh fruit reminiscent of dark berries, plums and cherries. Subtle oak, hints of vanilla, dark chocolate and cedar wood, graphite and black pepper. On the palate a powerful wine tamed by fine acidity and elegant tannins, complemented by dark berries and juicy fruit, black pepper and elegant spiciness, a wine with convincing length. 

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Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux

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